What is Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)?
Otoplasty, commonly known as ear surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to reshape one or both ears in proportion to the rest of the face. Protruding, asymmetrical or drooping ears can be corrected easily with this outpatient surgery. Earlobe reduction and re-contouring excess skin and cartilage may also be performed as a part of the surgery.
Dr. Gary Motykie is an experienced cosmetic surgeon providing otoplasty and other surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.
With otoplasty procedure, patients can expect to enjoy several benefits. This plastic surgery procedure is relatively safer and involves minimal risk. A wide range of aesthetic imperfections of the teeth can be corrected with otoplasty. Children who suffer teasing by peers can get the condition corrected at an early age. Self esteem and confidence of the patient will improve.
Scarring with otoplasty is minimal once healing is completed. The downtime involved in this surgery is low, and most patients will recover within a week. Results are natural looking and can be customized according to the specific aesthetic needs of the patient. Leading cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Motykie provides this surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby locations.
Children or adults who are unhappy with the shape, size or appearance of one or both ears may benefit from otoplasty. Children who wish to avoid being teased by their friends at school, and adults who are unhappy or over-conscious about the unsightly or disproportionate look of their ears can make fantastic candidates for this procedure. Individuals who have experienced trauma to their ears may also receive aesthetic restoration of the ear shape with otoplasty.
Ear Pinning and Other Otoplasty Techniques
This procedure begins with the surgeon making an incision behind the ear. The cartilage is reshaped and the excess skin is removed through the incision. The ear may be repositioned closer to the head. If the patient suffers from protruding ears, the surgeon may use the ear pinning technique to position the ears closer to the sides of the head. Ear pinning includes cartilage sparing, skin removal from the back of the ear, and scoring techniques.
Cartilage scoring or cutting techniques involve incisions in the cartilage to add, remove or rearrange the tissue. Scarring may occur, but it will remain largely invisible in this technique. In the cartilage sparing technique, the surgeon will make use of sutures to change the shape and position of the ears. Cartilage sparing is a non-invasive technique, which can provide smooth, natural looking curvatures without the risk of scarring.
Reconstructive otoplasty may be recommended when ear-related injuries or deformities need to be addressed. Congenital birth defects of the ear such as Microtia may be corrected with reconstructive otoplasty. Injuries to the ears, such as burns, lacerations, and torn piercings can be addressed with a reconstructive procedure. It combines various surgical techniques to rebuild a natural looking human ear. Cartilage or skin graft may also be used in this procedure.
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